Golf – A Challenge Worth Taking

I have been on vacation in South Carolina this week.  The weather has been absolutely perfect and I love just relaxing on the beach.  My husband and son always golf, which is fine with me because then I don’t have to worry about them complaining about being bored on the beach.  This year, however, I felt like I wanted to give golf a try because I had a little FOMO (fear of missing out) going on.

My husband and son were taking a lesson so I asked my husband to sign me up too.  Why not??  As the day of the lesson came closer, I wanted to cancel it.  I thought my time would be better spent on the beach. Cancellation fees would probably apply so I bit the bullet and went to the lesson.  I am really glad that I did.  My instructor Ali was awesome; she was very supportive, down-to-Earth, and easy going.  She gave me a lot of great tips and I felt really good about myself when I left the lesson.  The Steve Dresser Golf Academy is one of the best in the Myrtle Beach area.  My husband and son also learned a lot in their advanced lessons and club fittings.

At home, I had been to the driving range a total of ONE time before my lesson.  I had taken other lessons years and years ago.  The thought of actually playing a round of golf scared me.  I didn’t think I had enough skill to get out there.  Well, I decided that there was no time like the present to give it a try.  I am in one of the most popular golf locations in the US and there are golfers of all levels getting out there every day.

 

There is a par 3 course, Tupelo Bay, which is not far from the condo we are staying in.  My husband said it was only 9 holes and I wouldn’t need to hit it very far, being that it was a par 3.  Again, I figured we’re here in one of the largest golf meccas so no time like the present to give it a try.  Since the par 3 was just “mini golf on steroids”, we decided to do the executive course, which was a par 3 and 4 course.  Nerves set in as we pulled up to the first hole, but when I saw others who hit the ball like me, I felt a lot better.  I didn’t do great, but I hit the ball and I have my first round 9 holes under my belt.  I, again, felt pretty good about myself walking off that course.

Golf is on the television all the time at my house.  I have been to PGA tournaments.  I hear my husband and son say how much you need to practice and how aggravating it can be.  So why do I want to get into this aggravating yet fulfilling hobby?  It is something we can do as a family and I can go out with friends who golf.  When I posted that I was taking a lesson on Facebook, a friend commented that she was in a beginner league at home and why don’t I join?  I told her ABSOLUTELY.  She said it was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.  I may not improve my game, but fun and laughing are good for the soul.

So next step is getting some gear and just getting out there and doing it.  I am proud of myself because I am taking on a challenge of learning something completely new to me.  I have been writing a lot lately about my yoga journey and mindfulness, and this post may seem out of place.  However, I feel that taking on this challenge and being present in the moment of just concentrating on hitting the ball is just another way to be mindful.  Not letting every day worries and cares get in the way of my present purpose.

What is a challenge that you have taken on that has become a success for you??

Author: Kim

Golf/Hockey mom, dog mom, kindergarten teacher, wife, avid book reader, lover of sports, fitness fan, nutrition studier, wellness & happiness seeker

14 thoughts on “Golf – A Challenge Worth Taking”

    1. Give it a try…there are a lot of bad golfers out there so don’t worry about not playing well when you start. Everyone has to start somewhere, right??

  1. I think it’s awesome you’re taking on golf! I haven’t played in a couple of years, but I have played before and enjoy it when I do. I try really hard to not get too much in my own head about it and I find I enjoy it more that way. I hope it goes well for you when you get out there!
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  2. How exciting to try something new! I look forward to hearing more golf stories. Growing up, I was a golf caddy during the summers and that was about all I could do. I think it looks like fun and is so much relaxed than contact sports, but, Im sad to say,I just couldn’t get the hang of it. lol I can hit a ball that someone throws at me but not one on a tee! LOL

  3. My husband is a huge fan of golf, he´s been playing since he was 12 yrs old and he´s always wanted me to learn. I used to think golf was easy and a waste of time and not a real sport…that was until he took me to a tournament at Fuego Maya Golf Resort and signed me up (without me been aware of it). I had to learn during the tournament, (I didn´t win obviously, lol but I managed to hit the ball and turns out my putt is better than his, lol) but boy, is it hard!!! Next day, my arms and shoulders were really sore. Sometimes we have an idea about something before even giving it a try and then when we do try it, we realize it´s quite challenging and so worth the time. I really enjoyed reading your post, I can relate, lol. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. OMG…I would kill my husband if he signed me up for tournament without telling me…lol…you are good sport…thanks for your awesome comment

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